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Change in vehicles coming up
#21
As soon as my wifes treatments are done I'm gone, she's still flpflopping but I just can't handle the winters anymore. I was born & lived most of my life in Coloma so I know South Haven, had my Bonanza at the airport there. About 25 ser#s away from the one Buddy Holly & the gang died in so they were in the factory together. Miss that plane 175 mph on 10gmh with 1000 mile range.
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#22
Well an update. Laid off due to the covid since March 16th so not going anywhere or doing much of anything.

Vehicle still the same, I’ve saved some cash by doing a bit of maintenance wrenching myself. Precious little ability here but YouTube has sure helped!

All that enabled me to save up and buy that slim mount Windy Nation $70 glass framed 100 watt panel, a cheap Renogy 10 amp PWM controller, the needed 12 gauge wire, a large $12 battery box, a usb/12v combo plug in, a 300 watt Bestek PSW inverter, some velcro and a battery (35 amp hour Mighty Max AGM). Total cost was appx $250 for hopefully a working house solar generator system.

Still would like a van of some sort, almost fell victim to the temptation of a 94’ E-150 mid top that had already been converted, no electricals had been done but he had stripped out the seats, built in a double bed, a working hand pump sink, some cabinets and had some needed mechanical updating. Paint was the typical very faded Ferd red of back in the day, it needed a complete clearcoat, but was dent free, for $4500.

I just couldn’t get mine sold and get his. Nobody around here (dealers) were buying used cars back in March when I saw it, so had to let the deal go. Heard later he sold it for $4K.

So I continue to part-time, help out with kids, putter in the lawn, and hope to get back to work by mid-June. Kinda’ glad to not have taken the leap and gone out in February like I had planned, my gym and coffeeshops all closed down due to covid and it would have totally sucked to have been stuck sleeping in the Edge without a means to keep clean, no wifi etc...

Like the rabbit says, “that’s all folks”.
"Life is short, smile while you still have teeth."
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#23
That was Porky
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(05-15-2020, 07:45 PM)rvpopeye Wrote: That was Porky
I should know, I’m old enough!


I tried putting in a copy of the cartoon porky saying “thats all folks” but I got like 100 lines of gibberish, so I had to remove it.  What in the world, why can’t I copy and post a pinterest image?
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#25
Probably Warner Brothers ...
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(08-17-2019, 04:11 AM)TWIH Wrote:
(07-18-2019, 05:06 AM)Snikwahjm Wrote: I did buy a Ford Transit Connect wagon. It has windows in the sliding doors that can go down.i got it used.
Ive seen several of them, mostly the older ones with the lousy tranny. Some YT’ers have their conversions online and look good.  While the newer Connect series did improve the whole drivetrain, losing the interior height was too bad.  

I took the Edge on a 2400 mile RT run last month, while a bit cramped (compared to a van) it was a lot nicer than the Prius in every way except fuel. It got appx half the gas mileage (24-25 vs 50-52) but sleeping and the driving comfort sure was better.

Still waiting as I am with the son’s family as of now.
Still in the same situation, same vehicle. While a minivan or f s van would have been a more appropriate living choice, this is adequate for me and I don’t really want to go through the costs of changing vehicles again. Every time I put maintenance money into the car it gets harder to justify a change. While it is cramped in comparison to an older van, the gas mileage and overall mechanical condition is better.

I keep checking CL for other possibilities but am seeing fewer clean older 90’s vans while their prices keep climbing.
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#27
Another update for the one person who might read this. Still no chance to change vehicles, every thousand miles and the resulting service dollars spent just buries me further into this car, sigh. I have been using it as the "motel" due to the job. Currently I drive 70 miles one way from the family house to a decent paying, extremely easy security job which I don't want to give up. Its' shifts vary from M-F 2nd shift to weekends 1st shift.

Currently am in a 30 day straight rotation. The hardest is Friday evening to Saturday morning when I work 3 -11 pm Friday then start at 7 am on Saturday morning at a different location. Instead of driving the 140 miles rt in order to have a bed, shower etc, I just stay in some nearby hotel parking lot or office complex, saving 2.5 hours and $15 in gas.

1st night I chose to stay beside a brightly lit hotel lot, in a right-next-door darker office parking lot. Mistake! At 1:20 am got a thorough once over with the spotlight, lighting up the interior for at least a minute while the LEO decided what to do. No knock, just made me very awake and uncomfortable. As soon as he/she left I moved to the adjacent hotel parking lot and slipped into an overly brightly lit space. Not much rest that night.

This coming weekend it is supposed to be 22 degrees Saturday morning and my chintzy 3 seasons sleeping bag, blanket and lightweight comforter won't be doing the job at that temperature, so I ordered a real 0 (survival temp only) degree F mummy bag with good ratings. Hope that's going to be better!

The Edge still isn't a good choice for multiple nights (and/or days) as it's just too tight. Maybe the LEO just didn't believe that anyone would be staying in it (the fogged up windows inside at 6:15 am told a different story though). With about 63-64" of length behind the front seats and maybe a foot of overhead clearance from the prone position it's not exactly spacious.

The saga continues.
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#28
while not a lot of posting happens here almost 12,000 views on this thread,weird i know,maybe we are comic relief

i was struggling in 30f temps so you win
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#29
Take that new sleeping bag , put it inside the old sleeping bag and get inside both.
If you still feel a chill zip up the outer bag.
A fleece hat and gloves help if you don't want to completely mummy yourself...
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I have a half gallon aluminum water bottle I fill with hot water at the truck stop. Then I tuck it in a quilted bag. I put that in my bed. It stays warm all night. Wear a hoodie. Wool socks. All that.
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